Fellow (Clean Water Supply)

American Rivers

Atlanta, GA, US

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Clean Water Supply



The Clean Water Supply Fellow will work to move Georgia communities toward a sustainable and integrated approach to water management while providing program support for American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program.  The Clean Water Supply program focuses on ensuring communities and their rivers have enough clean water by promoting sustainable water management practices such as green stormwater infrastructure (e.g. rain gardens and green roofs), water efficiency and reuse.  Working with local, regional, state, federal, and nonprofit leaders and officials, Clean Water Supply staff support the implementation of smarter water management policies and practices.

The Fellow will work on projects related to local, regional, and state policy and practice, with a focus on the upper Flint River and City of Atlanta. The Fellow will report to the Associate Director of Clean Water Supply and will be located in our Decatur, GA office. The Fellow will work collaboratively with multiple partners to advance a science-based approach to river health, and will work directly with municipal water utilities, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to advance sustainable practices in water supply, wastewater and stormwater management.


  • Work with Clean Water Supply staff to carry out Clean Water Supply program work in southeast communities;
  • Focusing on the upper Flint River, the City of Atlanta and Georgia, promote and develop policies and plans that advance sustainable water management strategies including water conservation and efficiency, green stormwater infrastructure, and restoration and protection of healthy river flows.
  • Represent the interests of American Rivers and its partners before relevant municipal, state, and federal agencies to establish regulations and statutes that enhance water efficiency and healthy river flows.
  • Draft fact sheets, blogs, white papers, reports, and other materials as directed;
  • Attend regional and local meetings representing American Rivers;
  • Coordinate with local governments and partner organizations to plan and execute workshops and other outreach events;
  • Word processing, copy editing, and proof reading as directed.


  • Bachelors’ degree with background in policy, planning, landscape architecture, or relevant field preferred; or combination of education and one to two years of experience working on water-related planning, management, science and/or policy.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including copy editing, proof reading, and finalizing documents.
  • Decisive and able to work independently; proactive and solution-oriented.
  • Proven success at anticipating needs and taking initiative; capable of following through on assignments with minimal direction.
  • Highly organized and resourceful, able to prioritize tasks, work on several projects concurrently and meet deadlines.
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a good sense of humor.


The hourly rate is $15.00. This is a temporary full-time position designed to last six months beginning date of hire. However, hours per week and length of service are negotiable. Temporary employees are not eligible for paid time-off or employee benefits except FICA payments as federally required.


Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] with “CWS Fellow 2016” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.